Authors who don’t read the work of P. G Wodehouse are missing out on great stuff that inspired successful authors such as Isaac Azimov. To say that Wodehouse was a literary genius is merely stating the obvious; still, in the uniformly great body of his work we find gems that are more polished than others. Take for example the opening lines of “The Luck of the Bodkins”:
“Into the face of the young man who sat on the terrace of the Hôtel Magnifique at Cannes there had crept a look of furtive shame, the shifty, hangdog look which announces that an Englishman is about to talk French.”
But Wodehouse’s genius is particularly felt in his dialogues. He had a knack for taking the absurd and turning it into an extremely funny, semi-plausible conversation, like in this snippet from “The Reverent Wooing of Archibald”:
“Tell me about her. I mean, has she any fathers or mothers or any rot of that description?”
“Only an aunt. She lives with her in Park Street. She’s potty.”...